Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women


To protect the citizens of the Commonwealth and to provide a safe, secure and humane environment for staff and offenders in carrying out the mandates of the legislative and judicial processes; and, to provide opportunities for offenders to acquire skills which facilitate non-criminal behavior.

 Deputy Warden Vanessa Kennedy

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Kennedy began her career in January 1999 at KCIW, first working at the institution as a transportation officer. She was promoted to sergeant in October of that same year and was in charge of the KCIW Assessment Center. In April 2001 she was again promoted, this time to Classification and Treatment Officer.
She has served as a member of CERT (Correctional Emergency Response Team) and as a certified Hostage Negotiator. In November 2005 Kennedy was promoted to Unit Administrator I, again in 2007 as Unit Administrator II she received her most recent appointment in April, 2010 as Deputy Warden at WKCC.
During Kennedy’s career with DOC she has literally served in nearly all job posts at the institutional level. Kennedy is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Corrections and Juvenile Services. She also attended Sullivan University where she received her master’s degree, cum laude, in Conflict Management.
A native of Louisville, Kennedy is a member of KCCD (Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency).

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